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I did the Norfolk Council/Garden Organic Compost Master Course last week and thought I would share some of the amazing information we were taught by the wonderful hard working tutors.

The first day they took us to a landfill site to show what happens when we produce vast quantities of rubbish and don't compost anything. It was such a depressing sight; in the middle of beautiful Norfolk countryside there was this huge mound of bare earth where the site had been 'capped off' with pipes running out of it to release the methane and leachate (some horrible liquid produced by rotting rubbish). They were still using part of the area as current landfill and all the trees surrounding it were festooned with dirty plastic bags.

Then they took us to this very new, clean facility where they do composting on an industrial scale; all out kitchen waste which in King's Lynn area we have to separate out plus green waste is composted using the same process that you or I would use, but it has to be indoors because it is kitchen stuff. The resulting compost which looks and smells good is bought by local farmers who love using it. Over the next few days I will post more about the course as I read all the literature I came away with. Any questions? No sniggering at the back there!image



  • blackestblackest Posts: 623

    Isn't this something that should have been in place years ago, all these mounds of festering rubbish that as a species we have been dumping for generations, all it takes is a little organisation.

    I don't even bother with a bin collection and recycle on an on going basis. I clean the cans and jars I use as the last part of washing my dishes. Since there is no crusty reminants on them there is no smell and when the bins are getting full they get recycled.

    Tin cans can be a problem as there is no recycle bins for cans usually. However scrapyards are happy enough to take them its all steel to them.  If I wanted a bin service I would be paying about €400 a year for it. There are a number of general bins for non recycling waste where you can dump two black bags for about €5. I've not had to use it yet.   

  • LorrainePLorraineP Posts: 218

    Thanks for sharing your course info with us Artjak.  Will be awaiting you next instalment with interest.  We use our recycling bins, which are collected fortnightly, but I have always been sceptical about what actually gets recycled.  Maybe it depends on the area you live.  We are given a box for glass & tins and another box for plastic & cardboard, but when its collected its all thrown in together??image  So I am interested to know how they separate it again.  Its also irritating that we go to the trouble of separating it for it all to be mixed up.  


  • blackestblackest Posts: 623

    From the Faq for Durham

    Why do I need to separate glass from my other recycling when it is collected by one vehicle?

    It’s important that the glass does not splinter and mix with the other items. 

    The recycling lorries are ‘split’ vehicles with two separate compartments, one for glass and another for mixed items collected in your recycling bin (paper, cardboard, plastic bottles and food containers, food and drinks cans). So while you may notice all your recycling going into one vehicle, it is going into separate sections.

    Should be the same in your area.

  • LorrainePLorraineP Posts: 218

    I watched one collection day, from my bedroom window and all recycling went in the same section.  Maybe it was a mistake by the collectors on that occassion.   In which I case I can accept human error - it was early in the morning!

  • blackestblackest Posts: 623

    Could be, might be an inexperienced bin man. 

  • artjakartjak Posts: 4,167

    Lorraine, I suggest you phone your council and ask them where the re-cycled stuff goes, then keep an eye on the collection to see if what you saw was common practise or not.

    blackest; The EU has not allowed any new landfill sites to be started for some time, that is why councils are getting pretty keen on alternatives. I believe the councils are charged about £72 per ton for using landfill.

  • figratfigrat Posts: 1,619
    I understand that recycling schemes vary around the country. Some have kerbside sorting, into different compartments in the collection trucks, while in other areas it's sorted manually off big conveyor belts.
  • artjakartjak Posts: 4,167


     Oh brave New World!


     England has nothing to show more fair....

  • artjakartjak Posts: 4,167

    It makes me want to weep to see what we have done.

  • Matty2Matty2 Posts: 4,817

    We are having anew recycling system atrting the end of tis month. What none of us gets is that we are to put glass in with all the other stuff.

    Look forward to reading th rst of your information.

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